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Graduation at Fudan University in Shanghai. Education is an important instrument in building China’s global status. Reuters/Aly Song

How China’s education strategy fits into its quest for global influence

In China, education is more than a means to deliver high skilled labour. The country has constructed its education policy to demonstrate its ambition to become a global power.
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Darwin: not such a safe haven

If there is one thing that the new administration of Malcolm Turnbull can be confident about, it’s that dealing with China is not going to get any easier. Despite our new prime minister taking a decidedly…
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma being welcomed on his arrival in Khartoum by Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir earlier this year. Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Leaving the ICC won’t absolve South Africa of its legal obligations

South Africa's withdrawal from the ICC could have mere symbolic value. The country will continue to have obligations to binding decisions taken by the UN Security Council – including those pertaining to the court.
US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter observes the destroyer USS Lassen in the South China Sea. US Navy

US and Chinese tempers rise in the South China Sea

By sailing a destroyer close to an artificial island in the South China Sea, the US is challenging China's claim to the waterway. At stake are trade routes worth billions of dollars.
The Angolan government failed to use revenues when the oil price was high to tackle massive social and economic challenges. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Why Luanda’s residents are asking: where did all the oil riches go?

As the oil price crisis deepens, Angolans are beginning to ask what actually happened to the glut of oil dollars. Very little has come from the oil boom of 2004-14.

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